The Rugby World Cup 2019 is being held in Japan - the first time it has been held in Asia.
I applied for tickets for the whole tournament via the ballot, but was unlucky and only got England pool tickets. I had very little knowledge of Japan, so have had to do extensive research. Below is a draft of my plan to follow England for the pool stages.
- Date Thursday 19/09/2019; FLY with JAL-LHR – HND---Check in at 06.30,JL 042 – 0930-05.15+1
- Fri 20/09/2019,HND to SapporoJL 503 – 07.30 – 0900- Car Hire from Airport in Sapporo -Hotel in Sapporo
- Sat 21/09/2019-Day out to Hakodate / Mt Moiwa/ Niseko/ Otaru, Hotel in Sapporo
- Sun 22/09/2019,Sapporo full day,TV Tower/ Odori Park/ Clock Tower/ Sapporo Factory / Beer Factory / Jingiskan BBQ/ Ario Sapporo for food England V Tonga at 19.15. Hotel in Sapporo
- Monday 23/09/2019.Car back at airport Options:Fly CTS to KIX; 2 hurs 15 mins, then transfer by train to Koyoto. Fly CTS to ITM; 1 hur 55 mins – airport limousine bus to Kyoto 50 mins.All flights depart from 11.00.So arrive Kyoto late afternoon, Evening to book = Gion Walking tour. Hotel = Citadines.
- Tuesday 24/09/2019-Kyoto, To book = 5 hur walking tour. Hotel = Citadines
- Wed 25/09/2019. Kyoto. Day on own visit Fushima Inari Shrine & Sake district. Hotel = Citadines
- Thurs 26/09/2019- Train to Kobe- England V USA at 19.45 in Kobe Misaki Stadium. Hotel = Monte Hermana Kobe Amalie
- Friday 27/09/2019.Rent Car.Drive to Nara – day in Nara. Hotel in Osaka = Hotel Hewitt Koshien. Night out in Osaka
- Sat 28/09/2019. Himeji Shrine / Castel. Taiyo Park. Hotel Monterey Himeji
- Sun 29/09/2019. Drive to Hiroshima. Hotel
- Monday 30/09/2019. Hiroshima.Hotel
- Tuesday 01/10/2019. Drive to Kagashima or Beppu. Hotel
- Wed 02/10/2019, Beppu. Hotel
- Thursday 03/10/2019. Ferry from Beppu to Yawatahama – 2 hurs 45 mins. Uwajma Ferry – 6 sailings a day. Stay Matsuyama. Hotel
- Friday 04/10/2019. Drive to Kobe. Car back. Overnight in Kobe. Hotel = Monte Hermana Kobe Amalie.
- Saturday 05/10/2019. -Early Morning Bullet train from SHIN- Kobe to Tokyo - Nozomi train is the fastest - but not covered by JR Pass. Match England v Argentina at 1700 in Toyota Stadium. Hotel- Best Western
- .Sunday 06/10/2019.Tokyo.Sumo tour and Tokyo in a day on the metro! Hotel- Best Western
- Monday 07/10/2019.Tokyo. MariCar drive around Tokyo. Hotel-Best Western
- Tuesday 08/10/2019. . Tokyo. Robot Restaurant .Hotel-Best Western
- Wed 09/10/2019. Train to Hakone. Car hire from Hakone. Hakone / mt Fuji 5 lakes. Hotel
- Thursday 10/10/2019. Hakone / mt Fuji 5 Lakes. Hotel.
- Friday 11/10/2019. Hakone / mt Fuji 5 lakes. Hotel.
- Saturday 12/10/2019.Car back and train to Shin Yokohama- Match England v France 17.15 at International stadium Yokohama -Hotel
And after that we are going to need a beach holiday to recover!!!!